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320 pages, Hardcover
First published October 3, 2017
"Celia called him the Great Equalizer. He was Gabby's social security blanket, her failsafe against miserable, crippling anxiety; she had no idea what she was going to do without him come fall."
"You're just embarrassed that all the most important moments of your adolescence include me."
"Two months. The thought of it gave Ryan that same uneasy feeling from earlier, like everything was about to change whether he wanted it to or not and he couldn't do one single thing to stop it."
"She was a really good question-asker. She remembered all the weird, random stuff he said. She had an opinion about literally everything.."
"literally no one there would notice if I fell of the face of the earth."
"I'd notice," Ryan said immediately.
"He was homesick, he realized. He was homesick for her."
"but the only person he knew for absolute sure he still wanted to be around after graduation was - Well. Gabby, actually."
"He was her most important person, the one she told things to so that they would be real. So that she would be. HIs friendship was the best thing in her life."
"She missed his loud, stupid laugh. She missed his hands and his mouth and the steadiness of his best friendship but worse than ll that's the undeniable fact that some very important, tethered part of her had shut down when they broke up and now she seemed to be hurtling off through space at a million miles per hour, her oxygen tank rapidly emptying out."
"He was scared too, to be honest: of who he might be now that he wasn't who he'd been planning, of the future and whatever it held. But sitting here with Gabby made him feel like he could handle it. Sitting here with Gabby made him feel weirdly brave."
"This is it," she said, swallowing her heart back down into her chest where it belonged. She wanted to reach into her rib cage and hand it to him for safekeeping, wanted him to know he had it no matter what else happened next.